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History

One reaches Château Franc Mayne by going along a long drive with Merlot vines on either side. Located on the Côte de Franc, which gave its name to the estate, part of the vineyard is steep and part is on the limestone plateau. The topsoil consists of a thin layer of clay with limestone outcrops. Traces of an ancient Gallo-Roman road run alongside the property and a former coaching inn bears witness to the steady flow of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

 

 

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Winemaking

The owners felt that the grapes needed a worthy architectural and technological showcase so they built a new vat room (with small stainless steel and oak vats to ferment fruit from each plot separately) as well as a new first year cellar in 2005. The wines finish ageing in former underground quarries. These magical cellars, spread out over more than two hectares, are visited by thousands of wine enthusiasts every year.

The château also features a 12-room boutique hotel and a natural swimming pool. Franc Mayne epitomises everything that has made Saint-Émilion world-famous!

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  51 wines 

The wines of the "Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés" arrived on May 14 and have been tasted the day after, together with some few samples from other Châteaux. Again a very exciting tasting, confirming the quality of this vintage.

9m 12d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On the occasion of the annual journey of the Commanderies de Bordeaux à Essen et à Stuttgart a tasting of the vintage 2016 has been organized by the members of the Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classés. The tasting was hold at Château La Tour Figeac.

10m 3d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  37 wines 

More than 180 wines was tasted from Saint-Emilion during late March and early April this year. With a margin my biggest report to date from here. Saint-Emilion is always heterogeneous as the soils and microclimates are quite varied. Some are on flatter lands, others on the plateau with gently rolling hills in almost all aspects and yet others again are on the quite steep côte, or hill. These make for very different expressions, but also different problems may occur during a year’s growing cycle. The limestone vineyards seem to have done very well. And as for Pomerol where Olivier Berrouet of Petrus said, “The effort this year was to resist the temptation”. Those that did exactly that made some astonishing and refined Saint-Emilions. The temptation being taking too much out of the must. For me, Angelus, Ausone and Valandraud made exquisite wines at the very top of what they have ever done. The first two are graceful, elegant, nuanced and refined, Angelus a bit richer than Ausone. Valandraud shows that as well as a treasure throw of complexity. 2018 as well as 2017 are the two greatest Valandraud’s I’ve tasted to date. If this continues, are we looking at Premier Grand Cru Classé A soon?  At Pavie the fruit was probably the most refined and elegant to date, but the wood was just so incredibly hard, I just hope it will handle it. If it does, it will be a spectacular Pavie.

1y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

2y 9m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

3y 10m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

4y 9m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  109 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Part II / Château Margaux 2015 / 100-points / Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points ”

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

5y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Franc Mayne . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

5y 10m ago

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